There’s So Much to Do Here!
A plethora of wonderful hiking opportunities awaits you within minutes of Cable Nature Lodge. We’re located in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Rock Lake Trail is just a mile away and the beautiful Forest Lodge Nature Trail with its towering old growth white pines and hemlocks is within three miles. We also especially recommend the Morgan Falls/St. Peter’s Dome Trail, and the nearby Porcupine Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Old Swedish Settlement segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail, all within 20-30 minutes of the lodge. Click HERE for a full list and description of nearby day hikes in the national forest. And don’t miss the awesome hiking at Copper Falls State Park, a scenic 40 minute drive to our northeast. For a more leisurely stroll you’ll enjoy the mowed walking trails that traverse our own 22 acres.
Bike the premier system of off-road bike trails in the Midwest. The CAMBA Trails include over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a wilderness of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. The popular CAMBA Rock Lake trailhead is located less than a mile from Cable Nature Lodge. If you’re more of a road biker the lightly traveled paved roads surrounding the lodge and looping around our nearby lakes will keep you happy for days. We have great bike maps!
The Cable/Hayward area offers some of the most beautiful golfing in the Midwest. With 13 unique courses to choose from, the Golf Capital of Wisconsin offers breathtaking wooded fairways, rolling hills, majestic northern pines, tranquil lakes, and abundant wildlife. Telemark and Forest Ridges golf courses are located within a 10 minute drive of the lodge. Teal Wing is a bit further but especially recommended as an Audubon International Signature Course developed under strict environmental guidelines designed to maintain natural habitat, decrease chemical and energy use, and reduce solid waste. We also recommend nearby Big Fish, a Pete Dye designed course, named one of the “Top Ten Best Places to Play” in Wisconsin by Golfweek.
Choose between two great rivers. The upper Namekagon River (alternatively spelled Namakagon) is part of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and originates less than two miles from the lodge. The White River may be northern Wisconsin’s best kept secret for a non-white water canoe experience conducive to fishing and floating through a secluded wilderness setting. Bear Country offers canoe and kayak rental plus shuttle service for both rivers as well as nearby lakes.
Musky, walleye, northern, bass, bluegill, perch, crappie, trout…you’ll find them all in the numerous lakes, rivers, and streams surrounding Cable Nature Lodge. Click HERE for some ideas of what, when, and where to fish in the Cable area.
Birders and other nature lovers will find several nearby sites listed in the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail. Cable Nature Lodge is located just a mile from site #17 (Rock Lake Trail) and within 10-15 miles of sites #3 (Day Lake), #5 (Mineral Lake), #13 (Marengo Overlook), and #72 (Lynch Creek State Wildlife Area). Be sure to ask for local directions as the guide doesn’t necessarily describe the shortest routes from the lodge.
Cable Nature Lodge is surrounded by some of the finest Nordic skiing in the Midwest. Less than a mile away, the beautiful and convenient Rock Lake Trail features a half dozen single track classic loops ranging from 2 km to 16 km winding through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. But if that’s not enough to keep you happy there are a plethora of great ski trails located within a 10-30 minute drive of Cable Nature Lodge. They include the American Birkebeiner Trail, North End Trails, Namekagon Ski Trail, Drummond Ski Trails, Penokee Mountain Ski Trails, and Seeley Ski Trail (the only one which allows dogs). If downhill skiing is more your thing “Wisconsin’s Snowiest Ski Resort” is within an hour’s drive.
If you prefer to experience the the wonders of winter on snowshoes you can simply strap on a pair at the front door of the lodge to explore the trails winding across our 22 acres and connecting with the adjoining national forest. But we’re also fortunate to have some wonderful designated snowshoe trails within a short drive. They include Forest Lodge Nature Trail, North End Snowshoe Trails, Diamond Lake Snowshoe Hike, Porcupine Lake Wilderness, Morgan Falls/St. Peter’s Dome, North Country Trail, and Rainbow Lake Wilderness.
The Cable area has hundreds of miles of the most exceptional and uncrowded snowmobile trails in Wisconsin. Trail #70 is conveniently located just across the road from Cable Nature Lodge. Click HERE for more information and relevant links, including a local trail map.